Wellness Wishers: Black Women Helping Us Live Healthier Lives

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  • We Can Do It!
  • First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Jocelyn Elders
  • Alicia Keys
  • Mary Eliza Mahoney
  • Dr. Rachael Ross
  • Myra Adele Logan
  • Michelle Williams
  • Mamie Phipps Clark
  • Nicole Ari Parker
  • Dr. Michelle Gourdine
  • Rebecca Lee Crumpler
  • K. Michelle
  • Marvelyn Brown
  • Dr. Regina Benjamin
  • Harriet Washington
  • Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown
  • Henrietta Lacks
  • Hilary Beard
  • Jeanette Jenkins

Jocelyn Elders 

In 1993, under President Clinton, Dr. Elders became the first African-American to serve as Surgeon General. She was revolutionary, advocating for drug legalization, a pro-choice nation and passing out contraceptives in schools. Unfortunately, she was fired in 1994 for comments encouraging that “masturbation be taught in schools” in order to address the HIV epidemic. 

(Photo: Mike Theiler / Reuters)

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